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Rights activist condemns Yobe killings, calls for vigilance


OSOGBO – A rights activist, Mrs. Tope Awe, on Tuesday condemned the killing of students at a secondary school in Potiskum, Yobe, and  called for more security and vigilance in schools.

Awe, the Executive Director, Girl-Child Rights Awareness Campaign Initiative, an NGO, gave the charge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo.

She described the killing of the students as “barbaric,” and advised the Federal Government to change its strategies and adopt new measures that would help in ending the carnage.

According to her, a situation where students are no longer safe, even in an academic environment, was very worrisome and dangerous to the future of the youths.

Awe explained that the brand of insurgency in Nigeria, where children were made vulnerable, required urgent attention, before ’’it further degenerates’’.

She advised security agencies to put in more efforts at stemming the tide of crimes of this magnitude through conscious intelligence gathering and vigilance.

‘’The Yobe massacre is one killing too many.

“It was coming at a time when we are hoping that the killing of students like the one at the Government Secondary School, Buni-Yadi, in the same state, the other time, was over.

‘’The menace of insurgency on our soil is degenerating beyond imagination. Our children are no longer safe in their schools; it is indeed worrisome,’’ she stressed.

‘’Security should be beefed up in all schools within the North East zone because our children have the right to education, in a secured and serene environment. That is what they must get, no matter what happens,’’ she added.(NAN)

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